Bail, Edge Top PSAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams

Bail, Edge Top PSAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams

­­­LOCK HAVEN, Pa. --- The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference has released its women’s soccer all-conference teams, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
 
All-conference and major award winners are determined by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
 
In the West, Slippery Rock sophomore Rachel Edge was voted Athlete of the Year. She is the fifth The Rock athlete to claim the award and first since 2007 (Megan McGrath). Edge currently leads the PSAC in points (38) and is tied for the lead in goals (15). She is third in assists (8). Behind Edge’s strong play, The Rock paces the league in goals scored (53) and scoring average (2.789). The sophomore scored a goal in 12 contests, including a stretch of six out of seven matches with a goal (Sep. 8 – Oct. 2). Edge turned in a hat trick in a 4-0 win against Cal U (Oct. 30). She recorded a multi-goal effort in a 6-0 win against Clarion (Oct. 12). In a tightly contested 2-1 win against Mercyhurst (Sep. 21), she had a hand in both goals with an assist and a goal. The Rock advanced to a PSAC Semifinal and will battle East Stroudsburg Friday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m.
 
Slippery Rock senior Madison Johnson was tabbed Defensive Athlete of the Year. She is the second Slippery Rock representative to claim the award and first since 2013 (Lauren Impey). Johnson spearheaded a defense that allowed only 15 goals all season; which is the fourth-fewest goals in the PSAC. She logged 90 minutes in 15 of The Rock’s 19 contests thus far. The Rock has produced seven shutouts this season.
 
Mercyhurst’s Alyssa Otto was selected as Freshman of the Year. It is the first major award for the Lakers in the sport. Otto is tied for second in goals (14) and is fourth in points (31). The freshman turned in four multi-goal efforts, including a hat trick in a 5-0 win against IUP (Nov. 6). Otto impressed after scoring five goals in her first four collegiate games. She notched a pair of goals in a 3-0 win against Gannon (Sep. 18).
 
Edinboro’s Gary Kagiavas was voted Coach of the Year. It marks the fourth time he has garnered the award and first since 2007. Under his direction, seven Fighting Scots landed on an all-conference team. Edinboro claimed the No. 2 seed in the division and advanced to a PSAC Semifinal following a 2-1 win over Mercyhurst Tuesday. The Fighting Scots will battle West Chester Friday at 2:30 p.m. Edinboro enters the contest with an 11-5-3 record. It is the 13th time the Fighting Scots have accumulated 10-or-more wins.
 
In the East, West Chester senior Jenny Bail was selected as Athlete of the Year. It marks the seventh time that West Chester has received recognition for the award while Bail becomes the fifth Golden Ram to accomplish the feat. Bail tallied a pair of goals in a 3-0 win against Lock Haven (Sep. 21) before scoring the match-winning goal against Kutztown in a 2-1 win (Oct. 12). Bail landed on her third all-conference team in her career. Bail and the Golden Rams advanced to a PSAC Semifinal and will battle Edinboro at 2:30 p.m Friday in Slippery Rock.
 
Bloomsburg junior Jenna Hawkins was named Defensive Athlete of the Year. It marks the first time a Husky has won the award. Hawkins has been a force at goal for Bloomsburg while allowing a league-low in goals (7) and paces the conference in shutouts (11). She has posted a career-high 60 saves and boasts a 16-2-1 record in 2019.
 
East Stroudsburg’s Melissa Herrera was tabbed Freshman of the Year. She is the third Warrior to claim the award and first since 1997 (Justina Woolf). The freshman made a splash in her third collegiate game after recording a hat trick in a 3-0 win against Kutztown (Sep. 14). She scored a goal and turned in an assist in a 3-0 win against Mansfield (Sep. 21). Herrera bested Mansfield again (Oct. 23) after scoring a goal and dishing out two assists. She helped East Stroudsburg upset Bloomsburg in a PSAC Quarterfinal in overtime Tuesday and will look to repeat the effort in a semi against Slippery Rock Friday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m.
 
Bloomsburg’s Matt Haney was named Coach of the Year. It marks the first time that Haney has received the award. The Huskies entered the week as the top team in the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Poll and were ranked No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Bloomsburg won the Eastern Division while Haney has tied a school record for most wins over a two-year span (33).
 
Six athletes are appearing on their third all-conference team, respectively. Kutztown senior Emily Zwiercan is a three-time all-conference first-team representative.
 
A full list of honorees is below.
 
PSAC Women’s Soccer Eastern Division First-Team All-Conference
Position Name Cl. University Hometown / Previous
Defense Syd Hicks+ Sr. East Stroudsburg Jackson, N.J. / Notre Dame
Defense Paige Mancini*+ Jr. Millersville Northumberland, Pa. / Shikellamy
Defense Kristina Miller* Sr. Kutztown Lansdale, Pa. / North Penn
Defense Tayah Naudascher++* Sr. Bloomsburg Philadelphia, Pa. / Archbishop Ryan
Forward Kay Liebl*^ Sr. Millersville Ephrata, Pa. / Ephrata
Forward Nicole Varano So. Bloomsburg Mt. Carmel, Pa. / Mt. Carmel
Forward Hannah Zach Jr. West Chester Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks East
Forward Emily Zwiercan** Sr. Kutztown Reinholds, Pa. / Cocalico
Midfield Jenny Bail^^ Sr. West Chester Carlisle, Pa. / Cumberland Valley
Midfield Michelle Belcher Fr. Millersville Norton, Ma. / Norton
Midfield Lauren Hoelke Jr. Bloomsburg Blackwood, N.J. / Highland Regional
Midfield Haley Skove^+ Jr. East Stroudsburg Lawrenceville, N.J. / Notre Dame
Goalie Jenna Hawkins+ Jr. Bloomsburg Fleetwood, Pa. / Fleetwood
 
PSAC Women’s Soccer Eastern Division Second Team All-Conference
Position Name Cl. University Hometown / Previous
Defense Lauren Downey+ Jr. Millersville Hauppage, N.Y. / Hauppage
Defense Natalie Holmes^ Jr. Bloomsburg Laurel, Md. / Archbishop Spalding
Defense Jesse Magee Jr. West Chester Bucks County, Pa. / Council Rock South
Defense Jessica Woodbyrne Sr. East Stroudsburg Stoney Creek, Ontario / Davis & Elkins
Forward Marah Foltz Sr. Lock Haven Mountville, Pa.
Forward Melissa Herrera Fr. East Stroudsburg Mountain Top, Pa. / Crestwood
Forward Jules Sicker Sr. East Stroudsburg Rockville Centre, N.Y. / Oceanside
Forward Izzy Weigel Sr. Shippensburg Chambersburg, Pa. / Bridgewater
Midfield Madison Baxter Sr. West Chester Downingtown, Pa. / Downingtown East
Midfield Savanna Harrison Jr. Kutztown Perkasie, Pa. / Pennridge
Midfield Gabby Kane So. Kutztown Royersford, Pa. / Spring-Ford
Midfield Maggie McDonald Jr. Bloomsburg Alexandria, Va. / West Potomac
Midfield# K.K. O’Donnell So. Shippensburg Limerick, Pa. / Spring-Ford
Goalie Reagan Kolinski Fr. Millersville Derry, Nh. / Pinkerton Academy
 
Eastern Division Athlete of the Year: Jenny Bail, West Chester
Eastern Division Defensive Athlete of the Year: Jenna Hawkins, Bloomsburg
Eastern Division Freshman of the Year: Melissa Herrera, East Stroudsburg
Eastern Division Coach of the Year: Matt Haney, Bloomsburg
 
PSAC Women’s Soccer Western Division First-Team All-Conference
Position Name Cl. University Hometown / Previous
Defense Taryn Baxter Fr. Mercyhurst Spokane, Wash. / East Valley High
Defense Cameron Bujnoski Jr. Edinboro Erie, Pa. / McDowell
Defense Madison Johnson^ Sr. Slippery Rock North Olmsted, Ohio / Cleveland United
Defense Brooke Riefenstahl Fr. Slippery Rock Hellertown, Pa. / Saucon Valley
Forward Danielle Chatten Sr. Edinboro Wheatfield, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield
Forward Rachel Edge So. Slippery Rock Pine Grove, Pa. / Pine Grove
Forward Alyssa Otto Fr. Mercyhurst Bridgeport, Ohio / Saint Clairsville
Forward Mahogany Willis+ So. IUP Pottstown, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts
Midfield Maya Bauer Sr. Mercyhurst Westlake, Ohio / Westlake
Midfield Sidney Dobbins Sr. Edinboro Liverpool, N.Y. / Bishop Grimes
Midfield Katie Kimmich+ Sr. Seton Hill Export, Pa. / Franklin Regional
Midfield Jordyn Minda* So. Slippery Rock South Park, Pa. / South Park
Goalie Brigid Stermel Sr. Clarion Philadelphia, Pa. / John W. Hallahan
 
PSAC Women’s Soccer Western Division Second-Team All-Conference
Position Name Cl. University Hometown / Previous
Defense Maggie Fragapane Jr. Edinboro Avon Lake, Ohio / Magnificat
Defense Lindsey Friello Jr. Gannon Erie, Pa. / Mercyhurst Prep
Defense Alexis Johnson Fr. Pitt-Johnstown Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin
Defense Alexis Moyer+ So. Clarion Apollo, Pa. / Kiski Area
Forward Italia Biondi^ Sr. Seton Hill Trafford, Pa. / Penn Trafford/Duquesne
Forward Abby LaDuke Jr. Pitt-Johnstown Latrobe, Pa. / Greater Latrobe
Forward Rebecca Manns Jr. Edinboro West Mifflin, Pa. / West Mifflin Area
Forward Kayla Swope Fr. Slippery Rock Dillsburg, Pa. / Northern York
Midfield Jenna Derbis Jr. Edinboro Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Hills
Midfield Emily Esser So. Pitt-Johnstown Camp Hill, Pa. / Cedar Cliff
Midfield Shannon McIntyre Jr. Slippery Rock Westlake, Ohio / Magnificat
Midfield Amber Thomas Fr. Mercyhurst Bedford, Pa. / Bedford High
Goalie# Anna Voelker So. Edinboro Butler, Pa. / Butler
Goalie# Emma Yoder So. Slippery Rock Marietta, Ga. / Forest Hills Central
 
Western Division Athlete of the Year: Rachel Edge, Slippery Rock
Western Division Defensive Athlete of the Year: Madison Johnson, Slippery Rock
Western Division Freshman of the Year: Alyssa Otto, Mercyhurst
Western Division Coach of the Year: Gary Kagiavas, Edinboro
 
* Indicates previous All-PSAC first team selection
^ Indicates previous All-PSAC second team selection
+ Indicates previous All-PSAC third team selection
# Indicates tie